Chamber gets behind Chargers initiative

Former Mayor Jerry Sanders stands behind downtown stadium initiative.

The Chargers gained support today for its downtown stadium initiative, by way of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber CEO and president (and former Mayor of San Diego) Jerry Sanders said supporting the initiative is a "matter of civic pride."

"After a thorough review of the plan, we believe the initiative is the best step forward in meeting the challenge before us, [which is] keeping our NFL team in San Diego and enhancing our convention industry," Sanders said today in a press conference at Chargers Park.

“No ballot measure is ever perfect, but in our evaluation, the benefits far outweigh the risks."

Sanders did not give an exact ballot count, but said two members voted "no" on supporting the initiative and several members abstained. In total, 46 board members participated.

Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said the backing of the Chamber is imperative to advancing the project.

“Having the support from the respected membership of the Chamber -- and Jerry in particular -- is tremendously important to our success in November,” Spanos said.

San Diego residents will have a chance to vote on the new initiative, which raises hotel taxes to build a joint stadium and convention center in the East Village area of downtown San Diego, on the Nov. 8 ballot. Questions still surround the proposal regarding lack of parking, getting in and out of downtown, and how exactly certain portions of the project will be funded, among others.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has yet to take a public position regarding the initiative.

The Chargers open training camp on Saturday.


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